WordPress 3.1 is scheduled for release on December 15th. Of course, that date is subject to change but it will be coming out soon-ish.
Here are some of the features we have to look forward to in the next version of WordPress.
Posts and Pages
- Easier Internal Linking – It will now be easier to link to older posts. Instead of having to open a new tab or search around for that post in advance, the link pop-up box will list post and pages and have a search box built in to search for the specific post or page that you want to link to. This only seems to be available in the visual editor.
- Post Templates / Post Styles – Like custom page templates, developers will be able to make custom post templates for posts of a certain type, such as gallery, portfolio, like, etc.
- Admin Bar – If you have used WordPress.com, you will be familiar with the Admin Bar that is used to connect the front end of your blog to the back-end. This is most useful for multi-site users but will allow one click access to the Dashboard, New Post, etc. Aesthetically, I don’t like it and I am hopeful that I will be able to turn it off on my own site. I can, however, see it’s usefulness.
- Column Sorting – I was just wishing for this feature a couple of days ago! On the Post, Page, or Media screens you will know be able to sort columns by different fields, such as title, author, and date. The sortable column header will be a link with an up or down arrow next to it.
- Better Pagination – If you have a lot of content, you have probably been annoyed by the pagination for posts, pages and media. It was easier enough to go to the first page or the last but getting to the pages in the middle required numerous clicks. Now you will be able to go to next, previous, first, and last. You will also be able to type a specific page number into the pagination box.
- Revised Blue Color Scheme – WordPress comes with a gray and a blue color scheme. The gray color scheme was revised in a previous release but the blue one wasn’t until now. Very rarely do I work on a site that is using the blue color scheme.
- Improved Searching and Browsing for Installed Themes – Appearance > Themes has a Search Themes field that includes a Feature Filter. I don’t know about you but I don’t keep very many themes installed on any site. When I am trying to select one, I may have a number installed but once I decide, I uninstall the ones that I’m not going to use. I suppose this would be useful for sites that showcase WordPress themes.
- Improved IE9 support – Ok. That’s good. Honestly, I don’t use Internet Explorer unless I’m testing how a site looks in it.
- Clean Up Admin CSS Files – This is a behind the scenes sort of thing. There are a lot of css files in wp-admin/css. These are going to be cleaned up / consolidated.
Of course there will be other bug fixes and improvements. These are, however, the major features.
As always, check your plugins for compatibility and backup your site before upgrading. If you would like assistance with your upgrade, please contact me.
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